Jonathan Gill: Report Published

New Nuffield Farming Report published – Jonathan Gill: ‘How do we embrace automation in agriculture?’

Jonathan Gill, NSch 2018, has published his Nuffield Farming Report titled ‘How do we embrace automation in agriculture?’. It is now available for download on the Nuffield International website at or can be downloaded directly at

Report Title: How do we embrace automation in agriculture?

Sponsor: Worshipful Company of Farmers, Savills and McDonald’s Restaurants

Countries Visited: Austria, Hungary, Sweden, Belgium, France, Netherlands, India, Chile, Japan, UK, Isle of Man 

Study Objectives

  • To establish methods of automation being used in arable farming.
  • To look at disruptive technology which could be applied to agriculture.
  • Look in depth at two areas of automation that will have a high impact on the industry.


  • Automation does not have to be costly.
  • Automation on the farm is about working smarter, not harder, and making the farm a safer place to work on.
  • Autonomous technology is likely to be supplied as a service, with growers owning no machinery, and operations carried out on a contract basis.
  • Remote drone agronomy is a tool to be used to complement conventional techniques and cannot currently replace them.


Notes to the Editor:

The Nuffield Farming Scholarships Trust (NFST) is a registered charity (Reg. Charity No. 1098519) that awards approximately 20 scholarships annually in the UK to young people between the ages of 22 and 45 from across the agricultural industry.

There is no need for formal qualifications in order to apply for a Nuffield Scholarship; instead, the Trust looks to unlock an individual’s potential and broaden horizons through study and travel overseas. Scholars are selected with a view to developing tomorrow’s leaders within their individual business and the industry as a whole.

Nuffield Farming member countries span the globe, with established programmes in Australia, France, Ireland, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Kenya, and Zimbabwe; Associate countries also include Brazil, USA, South Africa, and Southern Caucasus (Armenia, Georgia and Azerbaijan).

The 2019 Nuffield Farming Conference is to be held 27-29 November 2019 at Chesford Grange in Kenilworth, Warwickshire.

Nuffield Scholarships are only made possible by the generous support of sponsors from across agriculture and the food industry. NFST work with over 100 sponsors to develop individuals who will become tomorrow’s leaders and inspire change in our industry. 

Scholarship Eligibility

  • Applicants must work within the farming, food, horticulture, rural and associated industries or are in a position to influence these industries.
  • Applicants must be aged between 22 and 45 years (the upper age limit is 45 on 31st July in the year of application).
  • There is no requirement for academic qualifications, but applicants will already be well established in their career and demonstrate a passion for the industry they work in and be three years post-tertiary education.
  • Candidates must be resident in the UK and hold a UK passport or be working directly for UK agriculture.
  • Scholarships are not awarded to anyone in full-time education or to further research projects.

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